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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - School of Biodiversity, One Health &Veterinary Medicine

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £39,347 to £44,263
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 11th January 2024
Job Ref: 134928

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to make leading contribution to a UK Medical Research Council project Exploring the adaptive role of genomic instability in Trypanosoma cruzi working with Profs Martin Llewellyn, Richard McCulloch and Thomas Otto.

Trypanosoma cruzi, which cases Chagas disease and infects c.7 million people in Latin America is the most important parasitic disease in the region in terms of deaths and morbidity. However, we know very little about its biology, especially how it avoids host immunity to establish life-long infections in its mammalian host. The candidate will join a consortium of researchers in Ecuador, Uruguay, Antwerp (Belgium) and the UK to study this most neglected of neglected tropical diseases.

The successful candidate will study genomic instability in T. cruzi in vitro and in vivo (animal models, insect vectors and a cohort of clinical cases). The candidate will undertake genetic modification of the parasite to understand mechanisms of genome instability, as well as to undertake single cell sequencing experiments and whole genome sequencing analysis of parasites from different hosts and vectors.

Project partners are world leaders in parasite genomics, single cell biology and Trypanosoma cruzi biology. The candidate will join an exciting, friendly and experienced research team to drive forward our understanding of this fascinating but neglected parasite.

The post will involve a mix of dry and wet-lab work with opportunities for secondment across Europe and Latin America.

Candidates should be qualified to normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 [PhD] or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role[s].

For more information on University of Glasgow’s, School of Biodiversity, One Health &Veterinary Medicine, please visit, https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/bohvm/

This post is full time and has funding available for up to 36 months.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Martin Llewellyn Martin.Llewellyn@glasgow.ac.uk.

Closing Date: 11th January 2024

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/ 

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